Lowell/Caledonia/Thornapple Kellogg teammates Massimo Piccione (left) and Dylan Olsen (right) keep an eye on East Grand Rapids' Nathan Milanowski as he moves the puck in the offensive zone during the second period of their Baum Division match at Patterson Ice Center Saturday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)
Drew Klomparens snapped a 1-1 tie with East Kentwood at Kentwood Ice Arena six minutes into the second period Tuesday for Lowell/Caledonia/Thornapple Kellogg (LCTK).
It was all LCTK after that in their first Baum Division match-up of the season with the Falcons as it went on to an 8-1 win.
It was the second victory in three games for the LCTK boys who knocked off Kenowa Hills 3-2 at Kentwood Ice Arena Friday before a rough 4-1 Baum Division loss to East Grand Rapids at Patterson Ice Center Saturday.
The Falcons were limited to just ten shots Tuesday night.
Dylan Olsen and John Kotarski had two goals each in the win over East Kentwood for LCTK. Brendan Clarke, Alex Skibinski and Wade Fridley had one goal and one assist each. Nick Lockhart and Bruce Langenburg had two assists each. Spencer Guppy, Massimo Piccione, Christian Smith, Andrew Davis and Colin Clairmont had one assist each.
Tommy Near made nine saves in net for LCTK.
Fridley put the LCTK team in the lead six and half minutes into the contest, with a power play goal that was helped by an assist from Clarke. It was the first of three power play goals for LCTK in the contest.
Last weekend started better than it ended for LCTK. The team presented the West Michigan Special Hockey Association with a check for $735 after its fundraiser during Friday night's non-conference game with Kenowa Hills.
LCTK skated to its one-goal victory getting goals from Austin Douma, Guppy and Owen Carpenter. LCTK built a 3-0 lead in the contest, with the Knights finally pulling back within a goal in the final minute. Garrett Walker made 29 saves in net for LCTK.
Things didn't go as smoothly Saturday in a 4-1 loss to host East Grand Rapids.
Fridley scored the lone goal for LCTK on a power play, getting assists from Nick Lockhart and Clarke and a nice screen in front of the net from teammate Dylan Olsen. Tommy Near made 30 saves in goal for LCTK in the loss to the Pioneers.
LCTK turned the puck over too many times as it attempted to clear its defensive end of the ice, giving East Grand Rapids some extended possession.
Even with the Pioneers controlling the play, the contest was only one-goal game after one period. EGR got a goal from Will Zinser with seven minutes to play in the opening period, off assists from Charlie Fee and Robbie Stuursma, to take the lead.
The Pioneers earned two minutes of 5-on-3 time after a couple of LCTK penalties four minutes into the second period, and Stuursma powered his team to a 2-0 advantage. Near saved a couple shots from Stuursma in the first 20 seconds of the advantage, one from between the circles and another from the top of the right circle. A third shot, from the center of the right circle, found a hole to get through Near for a 2-0 Pioneer lead with 12:23 to play in the period. Nathan Milanowski and Riley Sikkenga were credited with assists.
Moments after the Pioneers' long power play ended, but before Guppy could get into the play from the bench, Ted Campbell scored to put the Pioneers up 3-0 with 10:09 left in the period. Sikkenga managed to slide the puck across the front of the net from right to left, where Campbell who knocked it past a diving Near whose mask was sent flying as he lunged across his crease.
Milanowski, who also earned an assist on Campbell's goal, scored the final goal for the Pioneers a minute and a half into the third period.